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Playing For Keeps

(A Lover's Landing Novella)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  36 reviews
In the game of love, there are winners and losers---especially for those that play for keeps.

Two peas in a pod…
Bethany and Cody have been best friends since kindergarten. They grew up in the small town of Love Georgia, and there were rumors that they were more than just friends. Cody didn’t mind the town gossip, because secretly it was true. He was in love with his best fr
Published February 21st 2019
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Serena Soape
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this as ARC and absolutely loved it. Bethany and Cody’s turns kept me wanting to turn the page. Great book and great Series !
Amy M. (Amy Loves Reading Blog)
Way more than 5 stars!!!! I have to say though that I was quite upset with Bethany for most of the book though!! This author is brand new to me and while the way the book was told in a different point of view than I’m used to reading it didn’t effect my take on the book at all.

Bethany is a unique woman and while at the beginning of her story I felt so sad for her and knew she was going through a transition I couldn’t help but also be angry. She has this incredible man who, yes I understand they
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Playing for Keeps is the story of Bethany and Cody. Cody is a firefighter in the small town of Love who has a secret albeit it is not a well-kept secret since the entire town knows. Cody is in love with his best friend, Bethany, who moved away after high school graduation but is finally moving back to Love to teach kindergarten. After high school, Bethany had plans. Plans which did not include getting married and staying in that small town for the rest of her life. She wanted to study far from h ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The battle of best friends to lovers is never easy, especially when you aren't sure if they feel the same. I love best friends to lovers books and this one didn't disappoint. It shows skill to be able to portray all the feels in such a limited space as a novella and still pull it off but this author does it well. Finally returning home and trying to distract herself she doesn't talk to Cody she goes on a date. These two make the typical mistake, something we would NEVER do in real life (eye roll ...more
2OCC Reviews
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marie
The novellas of A Lovers Landing series are quick splendid reads. Based in Love, Georgia revolving around Lover’s Landing coffee shop and the magic of brews that Harold and Betty produce. I loved how all the stories seem to have some cross over with the other ones. I read 4 of the novellas and am looking forward to reading the rest.

Playing For Keeps brings childhood friends Bethany and Cody back together in their hometown of Love, Georgia. A wonderful story of undisclosed feelings that have both
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was quickly immersed into the lives of Bethany and Cody. These two both have feelings for each other that go beyond their "best friends" status. Unfortunately, the timing never seems to be right for either one to confess to one another what they're feeling. Misunderstandings and misconceptions seem to work against these two every step of the way. Can they overcome their insecurities and the obstacles in their paths? Will the rumored magic in the coffee of Lover's Landing in Love, Georgia work ...more
Barbara Hynes
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy to receive the ARC of this book. This book was so good. I totally enjoyed reading about Bethany and Cody. Being best friends through school and both having feelings for one another but not wanting to ruin their friendship. A definite page tuner that keeps you intrigued the whole time. Will these two finally get together or will they fall in love with others? Oh my the ending was what I was hoping for and more. Thanks Marie, another 5 star read in this series. Look forward to readi ...more
Jodi Bird (Ruby Red Romance Review)
5 STAR Review by Jodi for Ruby Red Romance Review

I loved Playing for Keeps. Marie Savage is newer to me, but her story was great. The characters were well developed and the story flowed well. I have one issue with the story though. At times, I really didn't like Bethany. This girl has been on the other side of the country and now she's home. She could have claimed Cody at any moment. But she doesn't. They hurt Cody feels is apparent and it broke my heart for him.

Cody is a sweet kind man. He work
Amanda M
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic story. I was hooked from the beginning to the end. It told a story of love that was always there from childhood best friends that blossomed into something more. This is a definite must read.
I received an ARC of this book and I loved it.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th book of the Lovers Landing series, that I have read. I really enjoyed it. And being married to my own firemen for 37 years, made it extra special. And I too married my best friend.
Great book, highly recommend it.
Crystal Gray
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bethany and Cody's friendship is unbreakable, or is it? What happens when stronger feelings develop? I enjoyed getting to know Austin better, he was mentioned in a few of the other stories in this series. I was only left with one unanswered question, which I could have missed the answer to, but what happened the previous Christmas for Bethany to rush back home to California? Oh well, it's not super important :-) ...more
Bre Landers
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of the cutest novellas i've read. It is a part of a series but this is the first one i've read. I now need to find the rest!!! Can be read as a standalone. A total romantic novella that has me looking for more. This one wont disappoint!! ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this story .
I give it 5 stars and I recommend it to everyone.
Connie Snyder
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg! Completely in love with this story! So relatable how many times have we let a good thing go because of pride? Or not trusting our "gut"? Bethany and Cody definitely make you frustrated and happy all at the same time! Definite a one-click read! Im ready to move to Love Georgia! ...more
Gwen Shafer
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love these short stories from Love Georgia. Best friends since they started school. Nothing could come between these two. She comes back home to start her dream job. Will they get the happy ever after? Loved it . Sweet gripping from beginning to end. Enjoyable addition to this series.
Jennifer Pierson
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bethany and Cody have been best friends their whole life, but Cody has secretly loved her almost as long, he's just always been too scared to tell her. She's been gone for a long time, but now she's finally coming home to Love, Georgia to stay, and hopefully he's going to tell her now. He continues to wait, and she starts to see another guy, and he's lost his chance again. However, he does kiss her, but it makes everything weird, so the push & pull is driving me crazy throughout this short(ish) ...more
Nicole Studioso
I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to read an early copy of this book in exchange for participating in the social media release of this adorable series! Cody and Bethany are the sweetest childhood friends who have always harbored romantic feelings for one another, but each was afraid to hurt the other or destroy their friendship. It was a bit heartbreaking to see them separated and living apart, but when Bethany returns to town to accept a teaching job, I just knew that sparks were going ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't love the idea of falling in love with your best friend??!! This has been a great series & Bethany and Cody are such great just know that they belong together!! Once I started this story, I was unable to put it down! Bethany did NOT listen to me & left home after High School(LOL). She becomes a teacher and ends up taking a job back home at the local elementary school. And while I'm super excited to get these two together FINALLY....she goes(and does NOT listen to me YET ...more
Erin Mcmahon
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This story was just so sweet! I really like this series and that more than one author is writing it but the styles have been really great so far!
I love this sweet friends to lovers tale. How can you walk away from the love of your life to see the world and not regret it?
How can you let the love of your life leave you and not stop them or say anything? These two best friends have tried hard to not share their feelings worried the other didn’t feel the same.
Such a great story and there was some of
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A best friends to lovers story that pulls on your heartstrings and has you wanting more with each page. Bethany and Cody both have strong feelings for each other that goes beyond friendship, since they were children. They are so afraid of loosing that friendship that they hide their feeling from each other for years. When Cody finally tries to tell Bethany how he feels the timing always seem to be off. Will they ever find their happiness together? I absolutely enjoyed this book and highly recomm ...more
Heather Navarre
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Friends or lovers

When you been friends forever it’s hard to tell the girl that you love her.

Cody has this problem. And then the girl moved away.

Bethany decided to go to college out of state but she comes back to Love, GA.

The chemistry between Cody and Bethany is amazing and funny how they don’t see it, but that’s what makes a good story!

Each Lovers Landing novella is a stand alone, there are some characters that make multiple appearances. You can go wrong with any of them!
Candyce Kirk
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cody is definitely a relatable character and his love for Bethany is clear from the first chapter. I love stories when best friends don't realize they're in love or are afraid to tell each other! They both have things going on and have known each other forever. Bethany never expects to not being able to stop thinking about Cody and Cody doesn't know how he can keep living without her knowing. There are a lot of sweet moments and I love that this story ends around Christmas time. Definitely one t ...more
Catarina Águas
May 02, 2021 rated it liked it
The book was good but I just couldn't for the life of me like Bethany. She irritated so freaking much. It was so obvious Cody was in love with her and she just kept pushing Austin in his face. She should had done so much more for him and tried harder. Cody should had given up on her own before the first festival and not just after the hug he saw. He deserved better than her, she pissed too much through out the book and I just couldn't with her anymore. And I know Cody should had told her how he ...more
Jenn (YeahOrNeighReviews)
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-arc
Cody and Bethany have been life-long friends, but when she accepts a scholarship out of state, Cody decides to keep his feelings to himself. Years later, when she finally moves back home, Cody thinks it's the chance he's been waiting for, they're both single and at a point in their lives where they want to settle down. Too bad Austin Newberry steps in and asks her out before Cody can, even if it's partly for the wrong reason. A charming story and a sweet read! ...more
Sherry Sias
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hit for Love

This is the first book by this author and I will definitely be checking out more of her work. Cody and Bethany are best friends who love each other but are afraid the other doesn't feel the same. I love how the characters and stories are written. Definitely a must read.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy a good friends to lovers story, and this one was definitely an enjoyable read! I loved Cody and Bethany! Their friendship and the way they handled their feelings had me flipping pages in frustration just to make sure they ended up together!

Now, what about Austin? I wonder if he'll find love...
Susanne Scott
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I’m a sucker for best friends to lovers.

I loved how everyone else knew how they felt and even told them yet they still fought it. My heart broke when Cody left, and then was healed again at the end with a little help from Santa 😉
It was beautifully written and touched so well on many true and real emotions.
Apr 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
This was a quick read, as all of the Lover's Landing Novella's have been. I did enjoy the story enough and felt invested in the relationship between the two main characters. It was only at the very end that I really just stopped enjoying the read, I felt like the story not only ended predictably but it also turned very cheesy, very fast and it kind of ruined the rest of the book for me. ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was sweet, but a little frustrating. They are best friends, and everyone can see the writing on the wall...everyone but them. It was fun to read through the steps and missteps into their coming together as a pair in love. You'd think they'd be immune...Cody doesn't like coffee! ...more
Kim Gauger
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clean and utterly fantastic

I loved these two! Friends since kindergarten and friend till the end! I love a friends to romance and this one gives you all the feels. Cody is fantastic and a perfect book boyfriend. Super clean but hits you in the feels department. Loved it
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Marie Savage is a self-published contemporary southern romance author who has a love for family, friendships, patriotic spirit, and hometown pride.

Born and raised in the Florida Panhandle, she has always had a love for reading and writing, with the romance genre being her obvious favorite. Her desire to expand her horizons, led her to join the United States Air Force and proudly serve her country

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